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The Guardian’s Continuing Obsession with Mordechai Vanunu

Is there really any mystery as to why Vanunu is so admired by the Guardian?
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In 1985 Mordechai Vanunu left his job as a technician at Israel’s nuclear installation in Dimona.  Before leaving, however, he stole several rolls of film about the facility, which he then used to help the U.K. Sunday Times write a story that purported to expose Israel’s nuclear weapons program.

Vanunu was convicted of treason and espionage in 1988 and was released after serving 18 years in prison.  After his release, he exclaimed that he was proud of what he did.

Vanunu is still subject to travel restrictions (and other limitations) as he continues to be considered a serious danger to Israeli security owing to the fact that he holds state secrets that have not yet been published and which he reportedly said he would reveal.  Israeli courts have upheld the legitimacy of the state’s concerns, ruling that Vanunu has not changed his ways and has “repeatedly violated their injunctions” by maintaining ties and contact with the media and other parties.

Naturally, Vanunu is something of a cause celeb at the Guardian, which has published no less than 75 separate pieces (reports and commentary) on the convicted Israeli felon, including an official editorial lauding him, entitled “In Praise of…Mordechai Vanunu.”

The latest Guardian entry is a boilerplate pro-Vanunu letter-to-the-editor entitled “Mordechai Vanunu’s Suffering,” April 19, and is signed by the usual cast of U.K. anti-Zionists, including several Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) “Patrons”: Tony Benn (PSC Patron), Ben Birnberg (War on Want), Julie Christie (PSC Patron), Jeremy Corbyn MP (PSC Patron), Kate Hudson (Stop the War Coalition), Bruce Kent (PSC Patron), and Roger Lloyd-Pack (who played Trigger in BBC’s “Only Fools and Horses”).

In a 2004 interview with Amy Goodman, published at the extremist site CounterPunch, Vanunu accused the Israeli government not only of unjustly imprisoning one man, but of “betraying all of humanity and the world.”

Is there really any mystery as to why Vanunu is so admired by the Guardian?

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About the Author: Adam Levick serves as Managing Editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and is a member of the Online Antisemitism Working Group for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism. Adam made Aliyah from Philadelphia in 2009 and lives with his wife in Modi'in.


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85 Responses to “The Guardian’s Continuing Obsession with Mordechai Vanunu”

  1. HI Jewish Press.com and Adam Levick,
    Vanunu did NOT "steal" anything. Because he was a good worker on the night shift he was CROSStrained in many departments and when he Woke Up that he was NOT working in a textile plant as the sign out front said-but that everyone there were but a cog in Israel's 7-story underground WMD facility.
    THE TRUTH will set US All FREE of ZIONISM!
    GODSPEED on IT,
    little sister xoxe.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA75W1Off_c

  2. PSS: LEARN about AMY GOODMAN's FAILURE to follow up on her 2004 interview which was major testimony in VANUNU's FREEDOM OF SPEECH TRIAL–but good news is this little sister documented it ALL!

    http://wearewideawake.org/

  3. Pamela Brown says:

    Tired excuses aimed at getting people to dismiss the fact that Mordechai Vanunu is still looking for real freedom outside of Israel. He has no new information and is not a threat to the Israeli state. He is, however, a voice who refuses to be silenced by prison or slander. Let him go.

  4. Pedro Gomes says:

    Free Vanunu Mordechai. You have no memory at all.

  5. Israel is an apartheid state. Vanunu is a whistle blower. No government likes a whistle blower. Bradley Manning is an American example who must be punished not as a traitor but because he's an embarrassment to the crooks who want to keep their crimes secret. Let Vanunu go. He's already paid.

  6. Here are potent posters courtesy of US CAMPAIGN TO END the [US] Israeli Occupation/CONQUERING of Palestine:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/36469283@N02/8666190137/sizes/k/in/photostream/

  7. Here are potent posters courtesy of US CAMPAIGN TO END the [US] Israeli Occupation/CONQUERING of Palestine:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/36469283@N02/8666190137/sizes/k/in/photostream/

  8. Here is an excerpt from "30 MINUTES With VANUNU" taped a few weeks after his FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial began in 2006 INVITING all the USA Christians to come and see "The Real Wailing Wall".

    http://www.youtube.com/user/eileenfleming

  9. Here is Vanunu in 2005 telling Bush where he could actually find WMD in the Middle East:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/eileenfleming

  10. "Is there really any mystery as to why Vanunu is so admired by the Guardian?" Because most thinking people admire him?

  11. When the Guardian demands Jonathan Pollard be treated fairly like all other similar cases then I will listen about Vananu.

    But in my opinion, he should have never been released from prison to his present apartment/house arrest in Jerusalem.

    Pollard could never damage the US now, but Vananu still could cause major damage.

  12. When the Guardian demands Jonathan Pollard be treated fairly like all other similar cases then I will listen about Vananu.

    But in my opinion, he should have never been released from prison to his present apartment/house arrest in Jerusalem.

    Pollard could never damage the US now, but Vananu still could cause major damage.

  13. Vanunu has been talking to anyone who will listen to him since 21 April 2004. He has nothing new to say beyond what he said on 4/4/2013: "Apr' 2013,The new interior minister Saar,will decide this month about my Freedom,either end this restridtion and let me leave this country,or he will have to cancel my israel citizenship.Freedom Now 1986-2013"

    On 21 December 2012, Vanunu wrote regarding his 19 month WAIT for Israel to respond to his appeal to revoke his citizenship, "The interior minister answer my letter to him to cancel my Israel citizenship. He wrote, I will be happy to do it, but security people don't recommend it because I can damage Israel image and security…"

    http://www.eileenfleming.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=29&Itemid=168

  14. Here is 3-D imagery that used Vanunu's photos that he snapped during a few intense hours in top secret locales within Dimona's 7-story underground WMD that Israeli media utilized and Vanunu uploaded to his YT Channel.
    Before I say good night from USA and good morning to Israel I must add what all the IOF told me when I crossed many checkpoints during my 7 trips to both sides of THE WALL:
    "Have a nice day!"

    DIMONA in 3-D
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFFTgQ_suGQ

  15. Tim Read says:

    This is such a peculiar article typical of the right-wing Zionist outlook that puts the alleged "security" of the legally dubious "Jewish state" before any wider moral concern. For one, it appears that Vanu was acting on his own conscience in his exposure of the Israeli war machine – a machine which has, by all respectable standards, committed numerous war crimes and human rights abuses and, on such a score, continues to evade UN and ICC interference in the occupied territories/Gaza, even going as far as to mount unacceptable pressure on the Palestinian Authority to abandon any hope for ICC membership if it wished to have its bid for statehood recognised by Tel Aviv and other world powers. In this sense its downright strange as to why this author believes he and the Israeli legal establishment have the moral high ground, and it is, unfortunately, yet another case of bemusement on the part of the Zionist establishment as to why they encounter so much opposition and condemnation from the world's population.

  16. Tim Read says:

    This is such a peculiar article typical of the right-wing Zionist outlook that puts the alleged "security" of the legally dubious "Jewish state" before any wider moral concern. For one, it appears that Vanu was acting on his own conscience in his exposure of the Israeli war machine – a machine which has, by all respectable standards, committed numerous war crimes and human rights abuses and, on such a score, continues to evade UN and ICC interference in the occupied territories/Gaza, even going as far as to mount unacceptable pressure on the Palestinian Authority to abandon any hope for ICC membership if it wished to have its bid for statehood recognised by Tel Aviv and other world powers. In this sense its downright strange as to why this author believes he and the Israeli legal establishment have the moral high ground, and it is, unfortunately, yet another case of bemusement on the part of the Zionist establishment as to why they encounter so much opposition and condemnation from the world's population.

  17. Boni Hugo says:

    We know why we encounter so much oppostion . YOur posts sayin :recognised by Tel Aviv ,or zionist establishment remind me of Nazer of Egypt theratening us with destruction before 1967 . You sound the same.

  18. Boni Hugo says:

    And you know this because he told you so?

  19. Boni Hugo says:

    He has nothing new to say? and we are to belive a hater like you?

  20. PROVE YOUR SLANDER!
    I have written 4 books and over a thousand articles-IF you can find "hate" in anything I have written I WANT TO SEE IT!
    http://wearewideawake.org/

  21. PROVE YOUR SLANDER!
    I have written 4 books and over a thousand articles-IF you can find "hate" in anything I have written I WANT TO SEE IT!
    http://wearewideawake.org/

  22. Frank Barnaby was the Nuclear Physicist hired by the London SUNDAY TIMES to interview Vanunu just before he was KIDNAPPED by Mossad, testified at his closed door trial: "I found Vanunu very straightforward about his motives for violating Israel's secrecy laws he explained to me that he believed that both the Israeli and the world public had the right to know about the information he passed on. He seemed to me to be acting ideologically.

    "Israel's political leaders have, he said, consistently lied about Israel's nuclear-weapons programme and he found this unacceptable in a democracy. The knowledge that Vanunu had about Israel's nuclear weapons, about the operations at Dimona, and about security at Dimona could not be of any use to anyone today. He left Dimona in October 1985."

    Vanunu told me: "All the secrets I had were published in 1989 in an important book, by [Nuclear Physicist] Frank Barnaby, “The Invisible Bomb: Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East."

    http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=21&Itemid=26

  23. Joseph Banks says:

    Interesting perspective. Though do you really think he's a threat? I mean feels like he's a time cap from 1985. Most people would consider 2005 news archaic. Dosen't seem fair.

  24. Tim Read says:

    Yes Boni, by criticizing Israel I can indeed be equated with Arab Nationalism of the Nasser variety and all that goes with it. I mean obviously, who could possibly say that was an absurd leap to make? Nobody would surely dare.

  25. Pretending that criticism of any action of the Israeli government is anti-semitism is pathetic. It's as ludicrous as claiming that anyone who criticises any action of the US government is motivated by an irrational hatred of all Americans. No-one with such irrational views represents all Israelis never mind all Jews. Forward is far more representative of the range of opinion among Israelis and among Jews worldwide than either the Israeli government or this self-styled "Jewish Press".

  26. THANK YOU Duncan and PLEASE listen to Vanunu speak for himself:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Omq-QG7isA

  27. In this excerpt V Addresses Israel's Intent RE: Solitary Confinement

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYVH_SuOec4

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